The Care Package

When you send a kid off to college, there’s an unspoken agreement that said child will be sent Care Packages every once in a while.  Poor KT, she ended up with a mother that has a strange phobia of actually sending things.  Well…not really a phobia, just a bit of forgetfulness or something like that. 

The first package sent to our girl was an easy one.  It was the Sunday after we first dropped her off in her new dorm.  There were a few forgotten things that she needed and we, in our emotional state, were only too happy to send to her.  I still remember the incredulous looks on the faces of the Fedex clerks as they watched up pack up box full of snacks, a pair of jeans and lots of similar items to be sent overnight.  It wasn’t until we tucked in the brand new cell phone that they understood the urgency.  KT’s aging phone had finally sputtered it’s last breath and there was no way in the world we could stand to be cut off from her. 

KT’s second Care Package sat on the table for at least a week before I finally decided I could fancy it up a little bit by writing her address on a large paint chip I happened to have. Something about the gaily colored yellow strips encouraged me to send it right away.

The next month, I stared at the boring brown box wondering what I could do to jazz it up a little bit.  About that time a (very naughty) cat jumped up on the table and tipped over a roll of paper towels.  Hmmmm, my brain started twirling.  With a little bit of glue and a lot of silliness, KT’s next package from her Mummy was ready to leave the house.  It looked a bit like this:

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I say a little bit because I had my doubts about the mummy making it across the state safely and covered it with packing tape.  It wasn’t quite the same effect, but still fun. 

KT’s last Care Package hit the Post Office a few days ago.  I really wanted to make a Turkey as it was so close to Thanksgiving.  Only it seemed a little odd to send one of those to my vegan child.  So, I made a turkey (working with preschoolers really helps those creative juices flow with silly ideas) holding a sign (OK, you have to imagine it holding the sign…I kinda, sorta forgot the wings.  Poor feller..) that says “Happy Tofurkey Day!)

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The lady at the post office was so sweet about KT’s box as she ooooed and aaahhhed over it. Then she helped in the creative process by carefully placing the stamp on the sign post.  She didn’t want to harm the turkey at all. 

I have no idea if what KT thinks about my goofy packaging as she hasn’t said a word about it.  I guess it doesn’t really matter what she thinks as I’m having a fun time with them.  I’ve got a zillion more ideas…in fact, I just might start sending her empty boxes…that’s much more fun (not to mention cheaper) than finding things to put inside of them!

Hmmm….maybe I’ve just found my new hobby…

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16 Responses to The Care Package

  1. KT says:

    I say YAY. Getting packages are the best. (Except having to walk ALL the way…5 min…to the post office!) As for the silly packaging, I have pictures of them all, as well as the paint chip and the monster candy wrapper on my bulletin board. 😀

  2. Alicia says:

    You are a really creative person! I’m sure KT is delighted with your packages…

  3. Kathy says:

    OR a new vocation creating wrappings for care packages for parents all over the country!! I think those boxes are darling!

  4. Nina says:

    At least you still send her care packages. I think my mom forgot about me..and care packages. I don’t get anything from home…except money. HAHA.

    I guess that’s the thing about growing up and finding a job and almost graduating!

  5. Hilary says:

    You have far more creativity and fun than I do!

  6. I can’t let that stand . . . I know it should be “The Post Office and I do not mix.”

  7. Hi Susie, Thanks for coming to my blog. I am enjoying yours…. Looks like that college gal is getting lots of creative ‘care packages’…. You are a nice Mama!!!!!!

    Love the word, Tofurkey. My stepdaughter and hubby made us a Turducken one year for Thanksgiving… Ever heard of that?????

    Please come back to my blog anytime…

  8. Patti says:

    Well, the Kid would have gotten a care box from me, but someone on that side of the country has not sent me her college address. I would love it, if oneof you people under the care of Sammy and big yellow cat would send me a email with said address inside. Love Grandma

  9. R.M.Gilbert says:

    So sweet! And think about it…empty boxes would be cheaper and if she says anything about it you can tell her that they are for the dorm. You know, tape them together and make shelves. Use them as laundry baskets. Boxes are great for a lot of things. lol.

  10. Cazzie says:

    I would have been so happy to receive care packages from my Mum when I went to University. The fun stuff you have encased her goods in is just great! I bet it helps lift her spirits tremendously!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Yea! She loves them. My mom never sent me a care package. KT is one lucky girl. I love your packages. Let me know if you’d like my address :))

  12. Mike says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving.


  13. Kelly says:

    Hi there! Great blog! I am your newest follower & would love it if you stopped by and returned the love 🙂

  14. What a great mom! You should open your own business creating care packages with awesome decorations like that.

  15. Bess says:

    That was a really creative tofurkey you and your preschoolers did for KT…lol

  16. Adam says:

    I agree with your assessment of the “unspoken agreement”, and enjoyed reading about your creativity. My wife and I also experienced a “care package” time when our two kids departed the nest about seven years ago. Today, our role has evolved into packages for our three grandsons, which has turned out to be even more fun. Thanks for sharing the great post.

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